AMES - The Conservation Station is coming to the Palo Alto County Fair on Thursday, July 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. The fairgrounds are located at 2101 Madison Street in Emmetsburg.
The Conservation Station is a mobile learning center that travels across the state teaching all Iowans what they can do to improve water quality and keep Iowa's soil in place-helping to build a Culture of Conservation.
Visitors to the Conservation Station can learn why Iowa's water and soils are precious and how to help preserve these natural resources for future generations. Conservation Station team members use demonstrations, pictures, interactive displays and videos to convey the message that clean water and healthy soil is essential to everyone. The Conservation Station's rainfall simulator demonstrates the effects that rainfall has on different surfaces in agricultural and urban environments. Water runoff and subsurface drainage are collected in clear jars to show what is coming off the various soil surface types such as heavily tilled soil, minimally tilled soil, and pervious pavement.
A tour of the Conservation Station is free. Visit the Water Rocks! website to see a schedule of Conservation Station appearances: www.waterrocks.org.
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, encouraging the adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms are the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319), Conservation Districts of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Water Center and Practical Farmers of Iowa. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms visit www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf.